Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sumlin, Keenum win C-USA awards
By Andrea Adelson
Houston coach Kevin Sumlin picked up Conference USA coach of the year honors Wednesday, while quarterback Case Keenum was selected as the league's most valuable player.
Sumlin guided the Cougars to a 12-1 record, a West Division title an No. 6 national ranking before they lost to Southern Miss in the Conference USA championship game.
Keenum became the first two-time winner of the MVP award after breaking NCAA records for career passing yardage (18,685), total offense (19,572), touchdown passes (152), total touchdowns (175), completions (1,501) and 300-yard games (38).
The other award winners:
Offensive Player of the Year: Houston WR Patrick Edwards
Defensive Player of the Year: Marshall DE Vinny Curry
Special Teams Player of the Year: Houston KR Tyron Carrier
Freshman of the Year: East Carolina LB Jeremy Grove
Newcomer of the Year: Houston DB D.J. Hayden